January 12, 2012

DIY Chalkboard - Total Cost Only $10

I absolutely love chalkboards! And they are such an easy do it yourself project. You can make a chalkboard on almost any surface (literally any surface).  I just made one for this beautiful vintage frame.  I got the old wood and gesso frame at my local flea market swap meet for only $7, which for an old gesso frame is major great deal.  I painted the frame with spray paint and then glazed it (paint and glaze I already had from a prior project, see how to glaze in my prior blog post).

I had my husband cut me a piece of fiberboard to fit my vintage frame. The board was less than $2 at my  local hardware store.  Then I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint and applied it directly to the board with a paint roller.  I applied two coats of the paint to assure good coverage.  It took hardly any paint to do this project.  In fact, the can still looks pretty much full.  I will be able to use my chalk paint for many many more chalkboard projects.  I estimate that I used probably .50 cents or less worth of paint.

I waited one day to assure the paint was completely dry. Then I wrote my menu on the chalkboard with a chalk pen that I recently got from Amazon (NeoChalk Liquid Chalk). I love the chalk pen because it doesn't smudge easily. It is a wet erase product, which means it only wipes off with a wet sponge or wet cloth.












I love how this project turned out. Both the glazing of the vintage frame and the making the chalkboard were super easy to do DIY craft projects.

I shared this on Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special Link party... Check out her site for tons of great ideas and tutorials!


I'm feeling super inspired to do a few more chalkboard items.  I'm off to craft now...

Until next time,

11 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! I just made a chalkboard too using a $4 frame I picked up and I love how it turned out. So easy and looks like it's worth a lot more! Thanks for the how-to, it helped me! Jo in Australia.

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    1. Jo, I'm glad the info helped you! I agree they are so easy to make. I am a little bit obsessed with chalkboard stuff right now. I am currently making a few more. I have a big house and plenty of room for several of them... I just hope my hubby will leave me cute little notes on them :) hehe... Blessings, Diana

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  2. Love your chalkboard! That frame looks so amazing! Found you on Hometalk, and am now following you there and via GFC.

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  3. Love your chalkboard! The frame is just amazing! Found you on Hometalk, and am following you there and via GFC.
    Tuula :)

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    1. Thank you :) I will jump over to your blog and follow you too...
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  4. Dear Diana, I can't find a local flea market near Aventyra FL, the ones I find are permanent flea markets and they sell different kind of things, many new, not exactly vintage to arrange them, how could I look on internet for the yipical weekend flea market?? I hope you help me, thank you. PS I'm going as the boys are sleeping now to a big homegoods I found, I have to figure out how to take all of my glamping shopping back home :) thanks for the tip I'm so excited! Linda

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    1. You might look up "swap meet" and see if you can find anything in the area. Otherwise, for vintage finds, I shop yard sales and thrift stores. It takes a bit longer to find treasures, but they are out there! Best of luck :)

      Diana

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  5. Dear Diana, I've been looking for the tipical flea market without any luck and have also been to Homegoods (couldn't help to buy few things also in TJMax and Marshalls) I was thinking if you could sell me a beautiful frame with a chalkboard (something like this one)???? the frames I found are toooo heavy. I'll go back on the 5th of April to Mexico and will be going to Vegas the first weekend of May. I do candy tables and my boys and I are milk and cookie lovers, I would love to write something for them when ever I make a little table for them and their friends and also for our glamping (wich we did first in our backyard last week because the boys couldn't wait) and my hubby was very impressed with it (of course it came out great because all of your beautiful puctures!) so please let me know if it's possible that you sell me a chalkboard frame. Thank you. Happy Easter!! Linda Plasencia PS my email is in your glamping page

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    1. Linda, I'm so sorry that I didn't respond sooner. I spent the Easter weekend away with family. Unfortunately I don't sell the items I make and I don't have any extras. However, if you go to ETSY.com and type in "framed chalkboard" you will find many nice one's that are available for sale.

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  6. Dear Diana,
    How do you affix or secure the fiberboard to the frame?

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    1. This was a wood frame so small nails put in the edges around the back hold it in place

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I love all of your comments and I read every one... I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Diana